Interim Team Leader – Food Safety

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Interim Team Leader - Food Safety
Southwark, London
Interim Position

Southwark 5212122

Posted: 1st August 2022 15:26
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  • Pay Rate:

    £35.18 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    36, Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This assignment is for 3 months until further notice

  • Southwark, London,

    SE1 2QH

What's involved with this role:

Interim Team Leader - Food Safety

Reference no: Southwark 5212122

A Team Leader is required to manage the Food Safety Team to effectively deliver food law regulation and business compliance as required by Food Law and the FSA.

Key responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership and management of the officers of the team, providing direction and professional guidance.
  • Assist the unit manager in the strategic development and long-term business planning of the business unit, division, and department.
  • Assist the unit manager in ensuring that the team provides and delivers a high-quality service and achieves performance against national indicators.
  • Contribute positively to the strategic management of the business unit, division and department and the development of policy through individual contribution and membership of management teams.
  • Have knowledge for all financial matters within the post holder’s sphere of responsibility.
  • Effectively manage direct reports through sound performance management and monitoring regimes.
  • Create and lead effective partnerships with other key agencies including the Police, HMRC, UK Border Force, London Fire Brigade, OPSS, Food Standards Agency, PCT, UK Health Security Agency to deliver a multi-partnership response to the effective delivery of environmental health and trading standards services.
  • Ensure that services offer best value, are innovative and achieve and maintain the highest standards of assured quality, are responsive to customer needs and service requirements, demonstrate clear corporate direction, vision and style and achieve effectiveness, efficiency and economy in operation.
  • Be responsible for producing management information and reports on performance and quality, taking appropriate remedial action where needed, to ensure that targets and standards are met to optimise value and performance.
  • Maintain appropriate relationships with other business units, divisions and departments of the council, external agencies, and the community, and to develop joint initiatives and partnerships where these add to service delivery.


“Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:


  • A relevant degree in an appropriate discipline or an equivalent academic or professional qualification.
  • Evidence of continuing professional and managerial development.
  • Understands the principles of financial management and probity to ensure compliance with the council’s standards on financial management and to maximise operational efficiency and effectiveness.
  • In depth knowledge of Regulatory Services and related disciplines preferably within inner city areas.
  • Knowledge of human resource management including performance management, learning and development, and service delivery.


  • A sound experience of working in a partnership environment.
  • Current or recent work in food law regulation and at least relevant years post qualification experience delivering the range of food law regulation.
  • Experience in leading, developing and monitoring the performance of staff involved in partnership working.
  • Experience of policy development, strategic planning, and implementation in a partnership environment.
  • Experience of applying and interpreting research methodology and advanced methods of statistical analysis in a community safety context and presenting complex statistical information to diverse audiences.

Skills/Technical skills:

  • Ability to communicate effectively at a senior level in presentations, at meetings and in writing
  • Ability to present highly complex statistical material to a variety of professional and lay audiences.
  • Persuades, convinces, influences, and makes a positive impression on others (individuals or groups) to achieve positive outcomes.
  • Builds collaborative relationships -works and engages constructively with key players.
  • Able to act in a leadership capacity, generally to those who are more junior and who may be from various professional backgrounds.
  • Analytical judgement, policy making and decision making.
  • Communicating effectively.
  • Political influence and management – works effectively in a high profile and politically sensitive environment.
  • Able to manage multiple tasks which have a common outcome to be achieved within a finite timescale requiring the co-ordination of activities and people, outside the role’s routine responsibilities.


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Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:

  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
  4. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above - your CV must address the requirements listed.


Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for.


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Interim Team Leader - Food Safety
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